The Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has been commissioned by the Swedish ferry operator Stena Line to convert some of its ships to run on methanol fuel.
The conversions include changes to the fuel supply system and the engine, as well as the integration of new equipment into existing systems.
The supply package includes fuel tank instrumentation, valves, transfer pumps, low pressure pump rack, fuel valve trains, methanol fuel pump assemblies, as well as system automation, engine rebuilds and engine control room automation upgrades.
With the conversion, Stena Line was the first ferry operator to operate a ferry with methanol fuel Stena Germanica in 2015.
The conversion of the ferries to methanol fuel will ensure compliance with current and future regulations such as the Carbon Intensity Indicator, FuelEU Maritime and the IMO 2050 greenhouse gas reduction target. Stena Line is working to secure future volumes of renewable e-methanol to switch to renewable fuels and reduce CO2 emissions by 30% by 2030.
The renovations are scheduled to take place in 2025. The exact number of conversions was not disclosed.
“As we continue to implement our strategy to decarbonize all of our operations, we see methanol as a viable alternative fuel that will help us achieve this goal,” said Stena Line’s Ian Hampton. “Wärtsilä has demonstrated its ability to carry out the necessary conversions. This was demonstrated eight years ago when the Stena Germanica was converted to run on methanol, and we have had very positive experiences with this groundbreaking innovation.”
“We have worked closely with Stena Line for many years and are delighted to be able to support them again with this important conversion project. Like Stena Line, Wärtsilä is committed to realizing decarbonized shipping operations and we have invested heavily in developing our engine portfolio to take advantage of carbon-neutral and zero-carbon fuels,” added Roger Holm, President of Wärtsilä’s Marine Power business.